Super Troopers Retrospective Review
Super Troopers is a comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and written by and starring the Broken Lizard comedy group (Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske). It also stars Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen, and Brian Cox.
The Story/The Direction:
The story takes place in Vermont where crime is so low that the state budget committee has to cut funds. This causes a rift between the local police force and the highway patrolmen. When a body is found in a Winnebago, both sides try to solve the mystery. The highway patrol's job is a joke and they play games such as saying "meow" in the middle of a conversation with a pulled over speeder. They aren't taking the possible shut down serious but that allows for some fairly hilarious scenes and dialogue thanks to the main character's chemistry with each other.
There's the leading officer, Thorny (Chandrasekhar), "Rabbit" (Stolhanske) the rookie, Farva (Heffernan) the loud and annoying radio operator, the prankster Mac (Lemme), and the calm Foster (Soter). As the men went to college together and were apart of a comedy troupe, their interactions are fantastic. The latter even tries to pull a Romeo and Juliet with the sole woman police officer (Coughlan). While not the most developed of characters, their relationships with each other feel authentic.
Honestly, there's not much to this movie at all aside from some good dialogue and funny scenes. There's no character development or anything substantive. There are key points in the story that do not connect much to the rest of the story. It just moves along from start to finish.
This film has a beginning and a middle and an end with some funny bits. To say it is a good film would be lying but to say it's a bad time would be just as much a lie. It's a film that's worth checking out if one has not yet. With the sequel coming out, it's hard to say that film will be much better than the first one but an average fun ride is still one worth taking.
Rating: 2.5/5.0 bowties
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